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Master the business of care.

Pursue a Physician Executive MBA at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business


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Physician Executive MBA Program Overview

Ready to pair your clinical expertise with business best practices to transform your organization? Hone your business acumen to assume a greater scope of leadership through the Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. Our program offers:

An integrated curriculum that emphasizes clinical leadership and business principles taught in the context of healthcare


An applied learning approach that transforms classroom principles into action in the workplace


A network of accomplished physicians keen on understanding the business of healthcare to improve patient care



Most Relevant Executive MBA Worldwide
2018 Economist WhichMBA


Alumni Satisfaction Among U.S. Public Institutions
2020 Financial Times


Largest Among U.S. Public Institutions
2021 Modern Healthcare

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Who Should Attend?

We designed the Physician Executive MBA for full-time medical doctors who want to transform patient care and improve the health of their organizations. The typical PEMBA student has 5-20 years of experience, including residency.

Each cohort consists of an average of 40 students so that PEMBA participants can form lasting connections with their peers and professors.

Program Benefits

Leadership Development

You will work with a dedicated coach to develop a personal leadership plan. This framework helps you assess who you are as a leader today and build a plan to reach your next personal and professional milestone.

Career Growth Opportunities

70 percent of our alumni occupy physician leadership positions. Our Executive MBA prepares you to lead by challenging you to improve processes, achieve operational excellence and conduct a transformative project. You will apply skills from the classroom to your organization in real-time, resulting in more effective leadership and immediate impact in your areas of expertise.

Industry-Informed Curriculum

Our faculty has worked extensively with physicians to research and develop the PEMBA curriculum, preparing coursework that is relevant to today’s healthcare climate. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are built into the program too.

Frequently Asked Questions

Haslam’s Physician Executive MBA is the only one-year-long accredited MBA offered exclusively for physicians. The program takes one year to complete. During the year there are four one-week-long on-campus residency periods spread out quarterly. 

The Physician Executive MBA is a low residency, full-time program. There are four, one-week residence periods at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. Students also participate in online distance-learning sessions for three hours each week.

You will receive a Master of Business Administration.

No, GMAT scores are not required. Please email Tom Brown or call 865-742-1596 (mobile) or 865-974-1772 (office) for more information.

Yes. There are federal student loans and other need-based financial aid available for graduate students along with employer sponsorship opportunities and Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.